Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Theme Thursday: Earth

Our quest began in earnest with rumors of the lost king's throne buried deep within the hills. Armed with little more than a flashlight, my cousin and I scoured the neighboring country side, searching every hole we could find to squeeze adolescent bodies into. Backing down one cave, I placed my hand on a soft patch in the incline only to have it slip through the rotting flesh of a fallen cow. Most disgusting.

There was one large group of caverns we kept coming back, in hopes it might lead to our treasure. After crawling through a passage little more than three feet tall it would open into a grand ballroom of inky blackness. Sometimes we would cut the lights at this point and listen to the silence, earth above and below, pressing us onward. Cracks and crevices, off shoots of the main chamber, became our maze, a puzzle to decipher. 

One particular day, traveling much deeper into the caves, we came upon a hole, smoothed round in the wall. Just big enough to wiggle through, our lights illuminated a small bowl shaped chamber beyond. Could this be the route we had been searching for? Like Alice, we slipped through and slid down a small embankment on our backs. 

The stone above, a mere four feet from our noses, shimmered with movement. Our flashlights, pierced the dark, reflecting a hundred eyes back upon us. It was covered in bats! Our hearts raced. Envision Indiana Jones at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark as he is fleeing with the golden statue as the boulder chases him out of the ruins. Sunlight never felt so good as we burst out of the cave several moments later.

Done for the day, it did not deter further adventures into the recessed of that world. We never found the throne, only a greater respect for that which lies within our Earth.

26 comments:

Colette Amelia said...

Oh visions of rabies swirling in my head! And shudders going up and down my spine!

what a way to gain a little respect!

Wings said...

Great story, great adventure! I love it!

Megan said...

You Tom Sawyer, you!

Mrsupole said...

I knew you were just Batman hiding, very scarey and the rotting cow. Oh I would have stopped exploring after that one. But I guess that is what teaches boys to be men someday.

Thanks for sharing such a great story.

God bless.

tony said...

The Good News Is That,because you didn't find it, it's still there!!!!

Ronda Laveen said...

The image that pops up for me is that you "did" find the throne...just not as you imagined it. The throne of the Earth, the symbol of holding power. Kinda spooky though. With all the beady little eyes.

Tom said...

oog, guano...and cow guts...ychhh.
Also, extreme mowing looks great...just wait until he wants to do that with motorized equiptment...

JGH said...

It's been a long time since I've been in a cave - now I really want to find one to explore!

Baino said...

How lucky you were to have had them near enough to ramble around. Reminds me of the Goonies or Journey to the Centre of the Earth. At least now you know the next chamber has crawling insects and then you'll be wooshed by an underground river before landing on a beach and watching giant lizards with frills tied to their backs!

Candie Bracci said...

great story!Bats,OMG!Caves,OMG!Few times I've been it's exciting but scary I think cause you feel a bit trapped under there.Reminds me of "The Goonies" like Baino said,but more recently when i think cave,I think "the Descent",so no,lol,i'm gonna remove that from my head now,lol.

The Clever Pup said...

You had me riveted. Good writing. It reminds me of the tale of the two Bermuda boys losing their ball only to discover "crystal" caves beneath their feet.

Leah said...

Amazing adolescent adventure! Just beautiful.

Daniel said...

Now this all makes me very uncomfortable, very uneasy. I must step outside now to clear my mind.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

great earth tale.... but the bit about the rotting cow flesh.... let's say it's my overly developed sense of empathy. I need a shower now or a disinfecting bath???

VE said...

Excellent tale. I like your turn of phrase in telling it.

California Girl said...

spelunking or creative writing?

read your answers to the five questions. good answers! family is all.

I was on last night & saw your post for TT. You are always ahead of the pack.

Auntie, aka Dog Girl said...

hey!
Did you really go caving?
I did that once, somewhere in Virginia.
It's scary, and I couldn't wait to get back out into the sunshine!

willow said...

We have a lot of bats at WM. The little brown chirpy ones and the regular big black ones. They follow me at twilight when I take my walk.

Brian Miller said...

@autie - all true. spent many a summer day under the ground exploring. some scary, most fun. sometimes i wonder how we made it this far.

@willow - bats following you at night....hhhmmmmm....

@cali - thanks, pressed for time so will stop by yours later tonight

@mouse - lol. yeah, needed a shower pretty bad that day myself. will never forget the texture.

maybe we were inspired by goonies. remember seeing it as a kid and wanting the adventure.

Dakota Bear said...

Nice post!

I wonder if only boys have adventures like that, crawling in caves. Did any of your caves have stalactites and stalagmites? I have seen those in a newly opened cavern in Arizona.

Poetikat said...

I'm put in mind of Tom Sawyer, which I have not read in eons! Great tale - suspense and surprise. I loved it!

Kat

P.S. Thanks for visiting me - I'll be taking part next week.

Brian Miller said...

@baino-i have seen some of the most amazing things buried deep beneath the earth. The was one passage that led to a rounded alcove with little holes all over it. weird. ahh, i could go on. maybe will revisit in another post some day.

@poetikat - thanks. look forward to dropping by and definitely next TT!

Anonymous said...

Yes, and that was the day you earned that long scar. Barbed Wire + Brian = Laughing Michael.

I will say this though...

In the dark, in the quiet, everything was possible and anything was probable. I wish life were more like that.

I wonder if that hole in the world has changed as much as we have. Probably Not.

-DF

Michael Rawluk said...

You are a terrific story teller.

Liza said...

We always have a greater appreciate of the earth right after it almost kicks our butt. Great memory...can't wait to hear more.

Brian Miller said...

@liza - lol.
@michael - thanks man. i enjoy it.